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The Friend Strong Musical
See The Wish
from Jenny's Penny
Caring Crusaders at an Anti-Bullying Presentation!
With some of the young actors from "Matzah & Miracles"
Brenda Murphy the Candy Queen makes us into M&M people!
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Why "See The Wish" for our company name?
"See the wish, and the wish will come true," explains an ancient coin in "The Wishful Penny" to a newly-minted cent who asks how to help make a human's wish come true. At See The Wish, we believe all children have the power to realize their potential and achieve their dreams... as Mrs. Buttonbelly explains in this song clip from the derivative musical, "Jenny's Penny..."
January & Jennifer at Jenny's Penny Premier
For anyone who is the author of a children's book, you know that is a dream come true! Soon, Jennifer found herself in January's home, nestled in a chair by the piano, listening to January bring her characters to life singing her original composition of See The Wish. Jennifer was captivated by January's beautiful voice and her innate ability to translate the story's messages into song. Their collaboration began!
The duo quickly discovered that they had a lot in common. Both were lifelong educators (January as a drama teacher and Jennifer as a life skills educator for foster care kids) and creative artists with a similar passion for using the arts to teach - and they were even born the same year, two months apart!
In 2009, Jenny's Penny, January's full-length family
musical based on The Wishful Penny was mounted at
the Neuwirth Theater in the Bronx to a successful run and
even a New York Times pre-selection nod. Their story of
the adventurous Lincoln Cent caught the attention of the
executive director of the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial
Committee in Washington DC who wanted the book and
music for hundreds of gift bags to celebrate Lincoln's
200th birthday. Thus, their first product was born,
The Wishful Penny book & Jenny's Penny musical on
CD. They realized, if they were going to begin to sell their
creations, that they needed to make their business
partnership official… and that partnership needed a name!
They chose the name of that first song, the words of advice
given by the ancient coin to the newly-minted cent in
The Wishful Penny who asked how to make a human's
wishes come true…
"SEE THE WISH, and the wish will come true!"
Several years later, the co-founders and co-presidents of See The Wish continue to create educational books and music, produce full-length musicals through their theatrical entity, See The WIsh /Onstage, give motivational school presentations on anti-bullying and "how to make wishes come true" and build their line of Dramaterials™ classroom plays & musicals that teach curriculum and character. They are the proud winners of Parents' Choice, Mom's Choice and Benjamin Franklin Gold Awards. They have cultivated an office culture that gives high priority to their mutual addictions of Scrabble and Zumba. Every year on their company anniversary, they retreat to a bowling alley in See The Wish bowling shirts... to the (we hope) delight of their interns who get their own shirt with their names embroidered as a momento. Jennifer and January continue to see the wish and work and create happily ever after… and it's not the end!
How It All Began...
Once upon a time (sometime late in 2005), a prolific children's playwright and composer by the name of January Akselrad walked into a bookstore in the quaint village of Cold Spring in New York's Hudson River Valley. Browsing the shelves, she came across The Wishful Penny - Adventures of a One-Cent Coin, a children's chapter book by Jennifer Jo Young. As she tells the story, she stood in the back of the store and read the book from cover-to-cover as songs for a children's musical began to frolic in her mind. (Okay, she didn't use the word "frolic.") She purchased the book, brought it home and set it on her piano where it stayed for almost two years. One day in 2007, she visited the bookstore again, popping in to say "hello" to the owner.
On that fateful day, Jennifer, who lived in the village, too, decided to pop into the bookstore at that very same moment to check on the sales of her book. "You're the author of The Wishful Penny?" January asked, overhearing. January told Jennifer that she had an idea for a children's musical based on her book - and would she like to come over and hear some songs?